By Readers Digest
Glowing reviews on a home service website doesn’t necessarily mean a contractor is good. These are the real signs you should look for before you sign on the dotted line.
You’re off to a great start finding a contractor after searching on a popular home service online directory. A few contractors are matched with your project and the calls start coming—from one contractor with the same voicemail recording several times in one hour. That’s persistent but also a sign the company is desperate for business says Michael Bordes, president, AA Jedson Company, LLC. Still, the contractor has great reviews so you set up a time to get an estimate. Then the contractor arrives two hours late and offers no apologies for the tardiness. “Punctuality in the construction business is extremely important and should be the main precedence on how your relationship begins with the client,” says Bordes. Here’s exactly what you need to do to find the right contractor for your project.
Relive the joy, appreciation, and even a few surprises from this year’s 17 local honorees.
On September 14, a veritable who’s who of the Westchester County business community came out to recognize the 17 individuals and businesses honored at this year’s 914INC. Small Business Awards.
County Executive George Latimer kicked off the awards presentation, ushering in a parade of jubilant and well-deserving honorees. Check out the photo below! For more photos, visit Westchester Magazine
AA Jedson Co. President and Founder Michael Bordes does not choose favorites when it comes to the types of projects his company tackles. “I am proud to be involved in any project, and don’t have a preference in what I do or who I do it for,” he adds. “Construction has been a passion of mine for more than 30 years; I just feel lucky to wake up in the morning and be passionate about what I do.”
Bordes’ passion for construction encompasses a diverse range of project types. Based in Rye Brook, N.Y., AA Jedson Co. is a highly diversified company with experience in single-family and multifamily residential construction, as well as commercial projects including retail stores, fitness centers, restaurants and offices. The company takes a similar approach to everything it builds.
“Our greatest strength is our attention to detail, which a lot of builders don’t do from the very beginning of the project, but we feel is imperative and critical,” Bordes says. “I look at almost very project from the very beginning and correct mistakes that only tradespeople can see. I’m a fanatic when it comes to the finishes and details in our project.”
Examples of the details Bordes emphasizes in the company’s work include the way walls are taped and cornered. AA Jedson’s crews shave the corners from Sheetrock walls to make them perfectly cornered. The company also takes steps to ensure that shelves are at plum level, he notes.
The company specializes in building high-end multifamily luxury apartments in several of New York City’s most expensive neighborhoods, including the Upper East Side, Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Heights. “We don’t do anything B- or C-class,” Bordes says. AA Jedson’s recent projects include building a seven-story, 20-unit apartment building in Brooklyn.
The company will soon begin work on a three-story building and a five-story brownstone in Brooklyn. The company will also soon begin work on single-family custom homes in Scarsdale and Larchmont in Westchester County N.Y. AA Jedson has completed several custom home projects since Bordes founded the company in 2004.
Its custom home projects have built both on spec as well on lots owned by its clients. Bordes occupied two of the company’s past spec custom home projects before they were sold. “I’ve built every home like it was my own,” he says. Custom homes built by AA Jedson range in size from 5,000 to 8,000 square feet and typically value between $2 million and $3 million.
Several of the company’s homes in Scarsdale have sold between $3 million and $4 million. The company’s apartments in New York City are typically valued between $1 million and $1.5 million. AA Jedson’s current retail and commercial projects include building Equinox Fitness and Rumble Boxing studios in New York City. The company is also building a location for The Wing, a women’s networking and social organization. ‘Never Cut Corners’ Bordes credits the company’s project diversity to client referrals.
“People we have done homes for referred us for commercial, residential and retail projects,” he says. “We’ve been fortunate to have had many of the same clients for more than 15 years.” Before founding the company, Bordes had gained decades of experience in residential and commercial construction beginning in his teens, when he worked as a laborer.
After earning a degree in construction management from Williamstown University in the early 1980s, Bordes began work as a leader and supervisor for several companies. Just before starting AA Jedson, Bordes and two partners owned and managed another company that specialized in residential projects. Like AA Jedson, Bordes’ previous company had also diversified into other project types before he broke out onto his own after the relocation of his partners, he says.
Although Bordes plans to continuing growing his company’s capabilities and project base, the growth will not come at the expense of his dedication to quality. “My advice to other companies is to work as hard as you can and be as honest as you can to your clients every day and always focus on the details, because that’s the first thing everyone sees,” he says. “I believe in spending time doing things the right way and never cutting corners, even if you have to take a few extra dollars out of your pocket.”
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Much like a blind date, a studio’s first impression can make a big impact on how you walk away feeling about the overall experience. And in an increasingly competitive industry, brands are being as mindful when it comes to the interior design of their spaces as they are the workouts being offered inside of them.
That could mean luxe shower products in the locker rooms like at Barry’s Bootcamp. Or, incorporating art, which is what SoulCycle did when it opened a new studio in midtown Manhattan in 2017. “More than 20 orbs were positioned throughout [the lobby], and riders were encouraged to place their hands on [their] surfaces to see a ‘reflection of their soul’ based on the colors and vibrations that show through,” says Alan Cooke, SoulCycle’s vice president of design, who added that a new lobby experience is coming soon.
Just like the future of fitness is digital, the future of brick-and-mortar studios will likely be, too.
If studios are already paying this much attention to detail today, what’s next? That’s a question I posed to Shelly Lynch-Sparks, founder of Hyphen, an interior design firm that’s worked with clients including MNDFL meditation studio in New York City, Hit House (a new Muay Thai boxing studio in Manhattan), and Classpass’ HQ. Just like the future of fitness is digital, the future of brick-and-mortar studios will likely be, too.
“We’re constantly thinking of ways we can design for tech,” says Lynch-Sparks. When working on the interior Hit House, she says she was “adamant” about easy connectivity with outlets and USBs. “I hate not having all the things I want right in front of me when I’m in a workout space,” she says.
Other design elements to (potentially) be on the lookout for—if not now, soon: blissfully fast and orderly check-in processes, truly high-tech experiences, and custom-scented locker rooms. (Yes, seriously.)
Here are 6 more predictions from design pros about the fitness studio experience of the future.
1. Personalized lockersNo longer are lockers being looked at as smelly caverns to store your stuff during a sweat sesh. Michael Bordes is the president of Jedson Company, a construction firm that’s worked with buzzy NYC studios such as Rumble, SLT, Pop Physique, and Bari Studio. And he tells me that he’s recently seen an uptick in such clients requesting “more upscale locker rooms and bathrooms that are scented. It’s similar to what some hotels with signature scents are doing; the scent is generated [through the ducts] into the ambient air.” So, not only will you be buying into a studio’s signature workout, but perhaps its signature scent, too, as brands invest even more into selling a lifestyle—not just a class.
Oh, and having to pay for a lock because you forgot yours (or having to remember your four-digit combo after a particularly blissful yoga class) might soon be a thing of the past, as well. “With digital lockers, people forget their code and get locked out, which is problematic, but I think [soon] it could be your thumbprint, or some part of your body, instead of your code” says Lynch-Sparks. “I’m not sure how far out that will be, but it could be soon, considering we already have it on the iPhone.”
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The man responded by asking him, “What are you going do?” to which Michael replied by saying he would do anything, and that he just wanted to work. He went to work that weekend, leaving the house early in the morning to work a job in Riverdale, NY with a truck full of men. He had no money, no gloves, no lunch, no skill; just a wanted to work. His job for the day was to mix mortar and bring that mortar to the masons.
Noticing how unprepared he was, one of the older men working with Michael gave him a pair of their gloves. At the end of the day, he mixed so much concrete that he had blisters on hands. That day, he drank water from a garden hose throughout the day and ate food scraps from the guys he was working with. This was another lesson learned that made him realize how determined he was to be successful and to make something of himself.
By his senior year in high school, while the majority of the other teens his age was partying or preparing for college, Michael was preparing for the rest of his life. He started a painting, plastering, and ceramic tile business, and by the time he finished his senior year of high school, he had 6 employees working for him. One day, Michael was taking a dip in his backyard pool while his employees were working. His father, a NYC fireman, came home in the afternoon and saw him sitting in the pool before he went in the house. He came up to him and question what he was doing and why he wasn’t working. He was so angry that he restricted Michael from ever swimming in the pool again. This predicament set the tone for Michaels work ethic and the rest of his life, molding him into the businessman he is today. From that day on, aside from further education, he worked 15-16 hours per day minimum, 7 days, every single week.
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It's an honor for Jedson Company, LLC to be included in the top 10 most Instagrammable gyms in the world. Check out Rumble and MNDFL studios below. For the full article, click here
Whether you’re boxing, cycling or doing yoga, here are the spaces to inspire your workout (and your social media feed)
Your body may be a temple, but if your gym is a hellhole where the walls drip with condensation and angels fear to tread (without picking up a verruca in the showers), you’re not living your best sweat life. Besides which, everybody knows that workouts don’t count unless you publicise them on social media.
Just like “healthy” coconut sugar and most fitness influencers’ credentials, this is, of course, a nonsense. You don’t need a fancy gym to get results. A utilitarian budget option will suffice, but the right environment can transform exercise from a necessary evil into something exalted – an “experience”, no less. Especially when you throw in free towels and hoity-toity toiletries.
To provide some divine #fitspiration, MR PORTER has supersetted some of the latest and slickest sweatboxes around the globe, so you can also make bare gains on Instagram.